Pace University School of Computer Science and Information Systems Receives $500,000 Grant to Expand Distance-Learning Programs

Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information
Systems (CSIS) received a $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help
expand distance-learning programs for CSIS students. In collaboration with the Council
for Adult and Experiential Learning, CSIS will develop an associate degree in
telecommunications offered over the Internet, design a web site to serve online students
and create more than 20 undergraduate online courses during the next two years. Pilot
courses for the associate degree will be offered in the spring of 1999 and a wider range of
courses will be offered to students in September 1999.

Posted by Public Affairs on October 07, 1998 at 17:01:03:

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information
Systems (CSIS) received a $500,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to help
expand distance-learning programs for CSIS students. In collaboration with the Council
for Adult and Experiential Learning, CSIS will develop an associate degree in
telecommunications offered over the Internet, design a web site to serve online students
and create more than 20 undergraduate online courses during the next two years. Pilot
courses for the associate degree will be offered in the spring of 1999 and a wider range of
courses will be offered to students in September 1999.

Dr. David Sachs, assistant dean, Dr. Roy Rada, professor of computer science and
professor Nancy Hale, chair of the office of information systems, will implement the
online A.S. degree through the new Center for Distance Education. The Center will
develop distance education programs and provide support for CSIS undergraduate,
continuing education, adult and graduate programs. Dr. Sachs states, “CSIS is extremely
pleased with this new opportunity. This grant will enable us to put a wide array of
courses onto the World Wide Web. We are looking forward to the partnership with
CAEL and to providing this education for telecommunications companies.”

A growing number of students and increased time constraints of modern life have
led to an explosion in distance learning. About 85% of all colleges and universities offer
at least one or two online courses. More information about Pace online courses can be
found on the Pace homepage (www.csis.pace.edu/async).

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York
City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate,
graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences,
Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School
of Education, School of Law, Lienhard School of Nursing and the World Trade Institute.

Pace University Professor Offers Seven Ways to Make People Notice Your Website

The number of websites on the Internet has grown
astronomically during the last three years. Everyone has one — even
grandmas use them to promote secret recipes. Considering the millions
of sites that seek to drive brand awareness, increase sales, and
disseminate information — how in the World-Wide-Web do you make people
sit up and take notice?

Public Affairs
(212) 346-1696

NEW YORK — The number of websites on the Internet has grown
astronomically during the last three years. Everyone has one — even
grandmas use them to promote secret recipes. Considering the millions
of sites that seek to drive brand awareness, increase sales, and
disseminate information — how in the World-Wide-Web do you make people
sit up and take notice?

David Sachs, professor of Office Information Systems at Pace University,
and Henry Stair, president of Mycroft Information, recommend seven strategies
to make your site versatile, vibrant, and most importantly visible.

According to Sachs and Stair, the entire “web-design-marketing” process
is actually quite simple. In The Seven Keys to Effective Websites
(Prentice-Hall Publishing), Sachs and Stair reveal that companies can
enhance their business opportunities by actively involving the visitor.
Make sure that all pertinent information is easily accessible, the site
should be entertaining, and strategies should be employed to convince
the visitor to stay a while. Furthermore, get the word out about your
site. Although listing the URL address on search engines is essential,
it is not nearly enough. You must make sure that your website address
is printed on absolutely everything — stationery, business cards,
brochures, advertising. Other tips that Sachs and Stair suggest include
how to make your sites visually stunning, current and up-to-date, and
how to include intuitive on-page navigation.

Pace University’s School of Computer Science and Information Systems
is one of the country’s leading educational centers for preparing
men and women to enter the information age.

Pace is a comprehensive,independent University with campuses in New
York City and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled
in undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences,
Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information
Systems, School of Education, School of Law and Lienhard
School of Nursing.

IBM’s Deep Blue Chess Programmer to Speak at Pace

Murray Campbell, a member of IBM’s Deep Blue
programming team, will speak at Pace University on Monday, September 29 at 4:30 pm
in the Kessel Campus Center on the Pleasantville campus. The program, titled “Lessons
learned from building a world-class chess machine,” is sponsored by Pace’s School of
Computer Science and Information Systems, and is free and open to the public.

Contact: Public Affairs
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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — Murray Campbell, a member of IBM’s Deep Blue
programming team, will speak at Pace University on Monday, September 29 at 4:30 pm
in the Kessel Campus Center on the Pleasantville campus. The program, titled “Lessons
learned from building a world-class chess machine,” is sponsored by Pace’s School of
Computer Science and Information Systems, and is free and open to the public.

Deep Blue, a powerful supercomputer and extraordinary chess player who
defeated world champion Garry Kasparov in May, is entirely dependent on its
developers. Each member of the team adds a unique perspective to the project.

Campbell’s role on the Deep Blue programming team is developing the evaluation
function, the component of Deep Blue that assesses the value of the current position.
His challenge is to help Deep Blue evaluate positions accurately 100 percent of the time.

Campbell grew up in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, becoming an expert-level chess
player in high school. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computing science
from the University of Alberta in 1981, specializing in parallel search in the context of
chess.

He left Canada to enroll at Carnegie Mellon University as a doctoral candidate in
computer science and received his Ph.D. in 1987. Campbell joined IBM in 1989. He
received IBM’s Outstanding Innovation Award for his work on the Deep Blue project.

Pace is a comprehensive, independent University with campuses in New York City
and Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and
graduate degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of
Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education,
School of Law and Lienhard School of Nursing.